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Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

Location NW of Reading off SR 183 at Palisades Drive.
State(s) Pennsylvania
Counties Berks County
Type Backcountry
Equestrian Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Snow Trail
Length 29.70 Miles / 47.80 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? Yes Parking Fee? No





The Blue Marsh Lake multi-use trail is 29.7 miles long encircling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Marsh Lake project. The trail location is Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail is open to all nonmotorized use, such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail travels through various habitat types ranging from open fields in grass and other crops, to shrubby/brushy areas to mature forest. The trail surface varies from mowed grass to compacted soil and gravel to abandoned roads. The trail varies from wide open spaces to winding single-track through the forest.

The trail was constructed over a period of years by Corps of Engineers employees, local volunteers such as Scouting groups, local school classes, civic groups and community service workers. The local Army Reserve unit has used the trail for their monthly training exercises and in the process has graded and improved the trail surface. We have also had a “handshake agreement” with the local Izaak Walton league to stabilize part of the lake's shoreline which protected a section of the trail.

The trail connects to the Berks County Union Canal trail via a connector trail from the Stilling Basin area to the Reber's Bridge area. This 1.8 mile trail was developed through a partnership between the Corps of Engineers and the Berks County Parks Department. The Corps leased the land to the County, which used grant money to construct the trail. This (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: 12 am - Time Closes: 12 am


From Reading, take SR 183 North to Palisades Drive, park entrance, visitor center and main trailhead are located off Palisades Drive.


Additional Information

Width: 60 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock
Grass or Vegetation

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 260

Elevation High Point: 588

Year Designated: 2011

Date Last Updated: 02/13/2017


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Scott Sunderland
Supervisory Natural Resource Management Specialist
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Blue Marsh Lake, 1268 Palisades Drive
Leesport , PA 19533
(610) 376-6337


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Mountain Biking Document View/Download



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